Telangiectasias or spider veins are formations that occur just below the surface of the skin when the blood vessels lying underneath dilate. The condition mainly affects the face especially the skin on the nose, chin and the cheeks.
Spider veins result in the formation of large and enlarged veins due to the clogging of thinned out blood vessels.
Herbal Remedies For Spider Veins
Castor oil is favourite herbal oil in Ayurvedic medicine because of its varied uses including for the treatment of spider veins. To treat the condition dip a piece of woollen or flannel cloth in a cup of warm castor oil until the cloth has absorbed maximum oil. Spread the treated cloth over the affected area and then place a hot water bottle or a heating pad over the cloth.
Take the treatment for at least 30 minutes so that the oil has enough time to work. This castor oil pack can be reused if you seal it in a container and keep it refrigerated when not in use. However, throw away the oil pack if it starts smelling foul.
The major cause of spider veins is the poor circulation of blood to all body parts and this can be easily diagnosed by looking for swollen ankles and cold feet. Broom is an extensively used herbal tonic that is excellent for treating spider veins.
Prepare the tonic by infusing together two tablespoons of finely chopped broom, a tablespoon of powdered leaf of ginkgo and a teaspoon of grated ginger in three cups of cold water. Bring the concoction to a gentle boil and then allow simmering for 20 minutes. Strain and drink the herbal mix.
Witch hazel is a popular ingredient found in many skin care products because the herb has the properties to soothe the skin and reduce inflammation if any.
It makes for an ideal treatment against insect bites, spider veins and even blood coagulation due to injuries. Apply cotton dipped in pure witch hazel solution over spider veins for immediate relief.
Infused Leaf Oil
Leaf oil, prepared using fresh leaves that have been taken before the flowering begins, is an excellent herbal remedy for treating spider veins at home. Wash the leaves collected from different trees under running water and chop them or coarsely grind them in an electric mixer. Put the chopped leaves in a tall glass jar and pour castor or olive oil on them. Cover the leaves generously with the oil.
Place the glass jar in hot sun daily for the next four weeks to let the infusion work. Strain the mix using a fine sieve taking care to not let any watery sediment pass through the sieve. Rub the infused leaf oil over the affected areas to treat spider veins effectively.
Horse chestnut is mainly used in Ayurvedic medicine to tone and strengthen the veins because of the presence of aescin, a compound that helps diminish cellulite. Prepare tincture of horse chestnut using vodka and add it to your creams and lotions to treat spider veins.
The herbal treatment also works well when used in combination with other herbs like comfrey, witch hazel and butcher’s broom.
Reishi Mushroom Tea
Reishi Mushroom tea is also popularly known as Hawthorn Morning Tea and is an ideal morning companion as it enthuses the body with energy by increasing the blood circulation. Proper and improved flow of blood to all parts of the body results in decreases incidents of spider vein. To prepare the herbal tea mix Reishi tea with hawthorn berries and nettle root in equal parts.
To this herbal mix add ½ teaspoon of dried ginger root. Boil the herbs in four glasses of cold water and allow simmering for 15 minutes. Squeeze fresh juice of lemon or add a teaspoon of honey to improve the taste of the herbal decoction.
Vinegar works quite well to treat spider veins and is a popular home remedy for the treatment of the condition. Pour pure form of vinegar in a bowl and dip a clean muslin or cheesecloth in vinegar for a few minutes. Apply this treated cloth over the areas affected by spider veins.
If you are using vinegar on your legs then keep your feet elevated for at least 20 minutes after the treatment. Immediately apply a cool compress to all the body parts treated by vinegar.
St John’s Wort
The herb is known widely because of its medicinal properties that help with the treatment of various medical conditions. To treat spider veins one needs to use the flowers of the herb and not its root because it is the flower that contains the herbal oil believed to effective in case of spider veins. However, the flowers of the herb come at high cost and you may want to mix the herbal oil with other herbal oils that are beneficial to the skin.
Prepare St John’s Wort’s herbal oil by placing cleaned flowers in a glass jar and covering them with generous layer of olive oil. Place the glass jar daily in the sun for a couple of weeks. Strain the mix and retrieve the infused oil. Into this infused oil add more of the herbal flowers and place in the sun again for a couple of weeks. Strain the oil and store it in a clean and air tight jar. The oil will have the lovely color of sunset.
Lemon balm is an important herb when it comes to treating spider veins naturally. The best quality about the herb is its ability to grow real fast especially during the summer. Therefore, people suffering from spider veins should consider the option of growing the herb in their backyard. The herb can be effectively preserved in witch hazel solution and this combination is great for treating the many ailments of the skin. You can even add vodka, aloe vera gel or vitamin E oil to enhance the properties of the herb.
To treat spider veins prepare a lemon balm tincture by first cleaning the leaves of the herb and removing the stems. Coarsely grind or chop the leaves and place them in a clean and dry glass jar. Cover the leaves with witch hazel solution and leave in the sun for two weeks. Strain the mix and store the resulting liquid in an air tight container. The infused solution will have a champagne golden color and a lovely tangy smell reminiscent of lemons.